Ear infections are common in dogs and cats but there are a number of natural remedies and preventative measures that can soothe symptoms and decrease the likelihood of infections reoccurring. These can involve a change in diet, effective cleaning, and the application of topical treatments. The following tips look at these three areas in more detail.
1. Raw Food Diet
Ear infections can be caused by a disruption in the chemical balance of the ear. In that case, it’s good for pets to maintain a low-grain, low-sugar diet because the grains and sugars can cause an overproduction of yeast.
One Note On Vegetables- We have always believed that vegetables are extremely healthy for humans as well as pets, right? Well, the vegetables we consume contain a wide array of sugars that may also be found in dog and cat food. These types of sugars help keep the yeast alive in an ear infection and make the infection even worse!
You must also avoid feeding your pet milk at all costs because of its high sugar content. If you want to provide something dairy, go for an unsweetened probiotic yogurt—it’s a natural food that helps to combat bad bacteria.
2. 4 Natural Ear Cleaners that Clean Up an Ear Infection In Record Time!
Cleaning your pet’s ears will help to both clear up an infection and prevent further infections from occurring. Apple cider vinegar on a clean cotton pad is one substance which is safe and organic to use. It’s important not to clean too often though, as you can disrupt the natural pH balance within the ear.
When your dog or cat does not have an infection, limit cleaning to once per week. Plain warm water is also safe and effective, as long as it is on a clean, sterile pad, and it will not disrupt the pH levels. Be sure to be gentle with your pet’s ears as any touching can be very painful when an infection is present.
a. Ear cleaners and treatments can be made at home using everyday products
One cleaning solution, in particular, can be created by combining 1 cup of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of either hydrogen peroxide (available in pharmacies) or apple cider vinegar. This can be applied as and when needed, but again, not too regularly.
b. Another option is calendula oil which assists healing
Tea Tree Oil or Colloidal Silver are also calming oils which act as an antibacterial and soothing topical ointment. Topical treatments can be applied routinely or on an as-needed basis. A cotton pad is all you need to apply the treatment. One note is to never use cotton buds as they can damage the ear drum.
c. Natural Remedy: Boric Acid and Vinegar
Mixing one cup of water with two teaspoons of boric acid plus a half a cup of vinegar creates an effective ear bacterial killer. Before putting the solution into your pet’s ear with a dropper or a cotton ball, make sure to clean out the ear. Use a dropper and put in 5-10 drops twice daily or use a cotton ball and wipe the inner ear thoroughly with the solution. This approach has been known to rid pets of infections in a matter of days.
d. Another option is calendula oil which assists healing
Tea Tree Oil acts as an antibacterial and soothing topical ointment. Topical treatments can be applied routinely or on an as-needed basis. A cotton pad is all you need to apply the treatment. Note! Never use cotton buds as they can damage the ear drum.
3. Colloidal Silver
Some people report that colloidal silver can kill a pet ear infection in the span of just a few days. It’s been known as one of the faster and more powerful home remedies for both pet and human infections. All it takes is 2-3 drops, twice a day. The ear infection should vanish quickly, within a matter of days. Before applying the drops, don’t forget to give your pet’s ears a good cleaning to make the power of the bacteria-killing silver all that more effective.
It is never fun when your pet gets an infection. Often times a bit of prevention can work wonders in stopping a cycle of ear infections in pets. Managing a good diet, using gentle and natural remedies, and keeping the area clean are three very good practices for keeping dog and cat ears healthy.
If antibiotics have been prescribed by a vet to help combat tougher infections, be sure to supplement your pet’s diet with a probiotic. The antibiotics kill the good probiotics in the digestive system and weaken your pet’s immune system. Then they are more susceptible to digestive disorders, colds and flus and allergens.. Always discuss diet changes with a vet to ensure its best for your pet, and resist giving them ‘human food’.